e-Gate IT team honoured

Dubai’s e-Gate project is excellent, and that’s official. The electronic screening system, the first such project in the Middle East, has won the ‘Distinguished Technical Project’ in the prestigious Dubai Government Excellence Awards.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  April 17, 2003

Dubai’s e-Gate project is excellent, and that’s official. The electronic screening system, the first such project in the Middle East, has won the ‘Distinguished Technical Project’ in the prestigious Dubai Government Excellence Awards.

The annual awards, presented by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, singled the e-Gate project out for introducing hi-tech and secure innovations. The award was accepted by Colonel Saeed bin Belailah, Director of the Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD), which implemented the project.

“This top honour coming from the Government of Dubai is a salute to the team of young nationals in the IT division of DNRD who have been responsible for executing the project,” he said. “The team has displayed a strong commitment towards innovation and creativity. As a result, we have a fully automated passport and immigration control system that uses leading edge solutions to permit registered users to enter and exit the airport at a faster pace.”

Dubai International Airport is only the third airport in the world to provide such a system, which attracted more than 1,000 registered users in its first month alone. A registered user can place his e-Card at the designated e-Gate, which uses fingerprint recognition technology to identify the user, and check his details. Checking can be done in a matter of seconds, far faster than manual checking.

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